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(USA Today)   Brian May, Roger Taylor, and Adam Lambert will be touring America this summer as Queen. The tour will be very eco-friendly, since power for the shows will be obtained from the energy harnessed from Freddie Mercury spinning in his grave   (usatoday.com) divider line 55
    More: Interesting, Roger Taylor, Adam Lambert, Freddie Mercury, North America, Bad Company, Rogers Arena, We Are the Champions, Hammersmith Apollo  
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2014-03-08 09:03:18 AM
I can't believe Queen is letting a GAY GUY replace Freddie Mercury.
 
2014-03-08 09:08:42 AM

Renob: I can't believe Queen is letting a GAY GUY replace Freddie Mercury.


I know. The should just call the band Queer now. Freddie was so macho. This guy is a queen.
 
2014-03-08 09:09:55 AM
My only reservation, I've never heard Lambert sing.
 
2014-03-08 09:10:58 AM
"spinning in his grave"

Interesting technique
 
2014-03-08 09:13:54 AM
Subby, know how I know you've never heard Adam Lambert?
 
2014-03-08 09:15:51 AM
Queen is dead.

Has been for years.

Sorry to say it, as they were quite awesome, but they're gone, and absent some Clone High -esque shenanigans, they're not coming back.

Maybe if they had remained active after Freddie died, like how the Grateful Dead just keep touring bringing in new members, or a dwarven axe1, but Queen died with Freddy.  The other band members let it die, and they were right to do so. Any attempts to Dr Frankenstein it's corpse at this point are just depressing.

//1: "This, milord, is my family's axe. We have owned it for almost nine hundred years, see. Of course, sometimes it needed a new blade. And sometimes it has required a new handle, new designs on the metalwork, a little refreshing of the ornamentation . . . but is this not the nine hundred-year-old axe of my family? And because it has changed gently over time, it is still a pretty good axe, y'know. Pretty good."
 
2014-03-08 09:16:06 AM
John Deacon has the right idea.

Anyway, Queen died with Freddie Mercury. Brian May and Roger Taylor touring as themselves, with a host of lead singers? That's GREAT!

But touring as Queen? No. Just no.
 
2014-03-08 09:17:02 AM
I'm torn by my feelings for this. On one hand I am a major Queen fan who never got to se them play. On the other, I am sort of in Deacon's court. It's not Queen without Fred. Let it go, guys. Surely you don't need the money.
 
2014-03-08 09:20:37 AM

empres77: Subby, know how I know you've never heard Adam Lambert?


I hadn't heard Lambert with Queen, so I found this* on YouTube. Not bad. Not Freddie, not even George Michael (in his prime), but pretty competent.

And lightyears ahead of the Queen+Paul Rodgers tragedy.

* I had it start past the Mario Lopez opening. You're welcome.
 
2014-03-08 09:22:48 AM
BTW, what happened to Mika?. Looks like he..... fell off the map
 
2014-03-08 09:27:07 AM
As far as I'm concerned, a band is it's lead singer, you lose that and the band is done.
 
2014-03-08 09:29:01 AM

Man On A Mission: empres77: Subby, know how I know you've never heard Adam Lambert?

I hadn't heard Lambert with Queen, so I found this* on YouTube. Not bad. Not Freddie, not even George Michael (in his prime), but pretty competent.

And lightyears ahead of the Queen+Paul Rodgers tragedy.

* I had it start past the Mario Lopez opening. You're welcome.


Went and listened to a sample, then queued up a vintage Queen song. Laughter OL.

He's damn good, but I am going to continue to petition via seance for any deity who's tuned in to exchange the Biebs for Freddie. I'll barter...things. For humanity's sake. You're welcome.
 
2014-03-08 09:39:20 AM
Should've chosen Marc Martel.
 
2014-03-08 09:59:53 AM

Andric: Should've chosen Marc Martel.


Marc Martel is indeed the best Freddy impressionist, but nobody can exactly replace Freddy, so why try? I think it's best to find someone who is an incredible singer/performer in their own right with their own style that can nail the music.
 
2014-03-08 10:02:30 AM

FirstNationalBastard: John Deacon has the right idea.

Anyway, Queen died with Freddie Mercury. Brian May and Roger Taylor touring as themselves, with a host of lead singers? That's GREAT!

But touring as Queen? No. Just no.


Pretty much this. Like Daltrey and Townshend on the Who Farewell Tour: 32 years and Counting.

Lambert is too talented to have come from "American Idol". His "Mad World" kills.
 
2014-03-08 10:07:23 AM

Man On A Mission: empres77: Subby, know how I know you've never heard Adam Lambert?

I hadn't heard Lambert with Queen, so I found this* on YouTube. Not bad. Not Freddie, not even George Michael (in his prime), but pretty competent.

And lightyears ahead of the Queen+Paul Rodgers tragedy.

* I had it start past the Mario Lopez opening. You're welcome.


Yeah, came in to say its gotta be way better than the Paul Rogers tour. At least Adam has fun onstage.
 
2014-03-08 10:14:49 AM

ReapTheChaos: As far as I'm concerned, a band is it's lead singer, you lose that and the band is done.


i.usatoday.net

"Aye, 'et's a good one, laddie. . ."
 
2014-03-08 10:32:59 AM
Still mystified by choosing Adam Lambert. I mean, he can sing but it just seems weird. He's so boy band-ish.
Guess they're not going the Journey route with the sound-a likes or they would have gone with Marc Martel
 
2014-03-08 10:35:13 AM

A Screaming Man with Two-Toned Shoes: ReapTheChaos: As far as I'm concerned, a band is it's lead singer, you lose that and the band is done.

[i.usatoday.net image 490x360]

"Aye, 'et's a good one, laddie. . ."


other bands who got big or stayed big with non-original lead singers:

• fleetwood mac
• REO speedwagon
• deep purple
• van halen
• iron maiden
 
2014-03-08 10:38:48 AM

propasaurus: Man On A Mission: empres77: Subby, know how I know you've never heard Adam Lambert?

I hadn't heard Lambert with Queen, so I found this* on YouTube. Not bad. Not Freddie, not even George Michael (in his prime), but pretty competent.

And lightyears ahead of the Queen+Paul Rodgers tragedy.

* I had it start past the Mario Lopez opening. You're welcome.

Yeah, came in to say its gotta be way better than the Paul Rogers tour. At least Adam has fun onstage.


Yeah, I get the hate but I think I won't be participating.
 
2014-03-08 10:39:48 AM

abhorrent1: Still mystified by choosing Adam Lambert. I mean, he can sing but it just seems weird. He's so boy band-ish.
Guess they're not going the Journey route with the sound-a likes or they would have gone with Marc Martel


He has a certain fabulous quality about him.
 
2014-03-08 10:40:52 AM

abhorrent1: Still mystified by choosing Adam Lambert. I mean, he can sing but it just seems weird. He's so boy band-ish.
Guess they're not going the Journey route with the sound-a likes or they would have gone with Marc Martel


Hate to shatter your illusions but a young Freddie Mercury would have fit in very well in a boy band of today.
 
2014-03-08 10:45:02 AM
Call it queenbert
 
2014-03-08 10:46:27 AM

Mattyb710: abhorrent1: Still mystified by choosing Adam Lambert. I mean, he can sing but it just seems weird. He's so boy band-ish.
Guess they're not going the Journey route with the sound-a likes or they would have gone with Marc Martel

Hate to shatter your illusions but a young Freddie Mercury would have fit in very well in a boy band of today.


Why? Because he was gay? I could be wrong since I'm not a good judge of male attractiveness but he doesn't strike me as a particularly hot guy. He certainly wasn't "pretty" by any means.
 
2014-03-08 10:50:38 AM

Mattyb710: abhorrent1: Still mystified by choosing Adam Lambert. I mean, he can sing but it just seems weird. He's so boy band-ish.
Guess they're not going the Journey route with the sound-a likes or they would have gone with Marc Martel

Hate to shatter your illusions but a young Freddie Mercury would have fit in very well in a boy band of today.


Not with those teef... >_>

i.imgur.comdigboston.com
 
2014-03-08 10:55:34 AM
Other than idol and awards shows haven't seen Adam Lambert until he started guesting on Glee.
Have to confess I love that show.
Huge talent pool, and on top of that they added Both Adam and Demi Lovato for this season.
The two together are awesome.

Anyway, Adam is one of the few people who has the chops to really belt it out and create huge stage presence.
That was one trait Freddie was known for.  Its more than being all about the voice.
Adam is very glam rock in terms of his own personal style. Freddie was more macho.
Every band member filling in has to be allowed to bring something of themselves or their is no artistry.
Without the artist being able to express himself, he has no motivation to do the job.

The remaining members of Queen think he's a great fit or he wouldn't be there.

Maybe instead of being a hater, go with the flow and enjoy what they present?
 
2014-03-08 11:34:46 AM
Have seen Lambert in concert (wife adores him) and he wasn't bad.  The fabulous crowd and fat chicks in tiny hats (or fascinators) were in abundance.  She wants to get tickets to this.  I will respectfully decline if I can get away with it.

But Queen died with Mercury.  Had they found someone else and kept going, I might have bought it.  But Freddy's voice was other-worldy and, in my opinion, the soul of the music - no disrespect to Roger May's talent.
 
2014-03-08 11:45:04 AM

abhorrent1: Still mystified by choosing Adam Lambert. I mean, he can sing but it just seems weird. He's so boy band-ish.
Guess they're not going the Journey route with the sound-a likes or they would have gone with Marc Martel


May as well try a new guy out. Nobody can out freddy freddy.
 
2014-03-08 12:12:36 PM
Queen have become nothing more than a Queen cover band. I'm saddened that Roger and Brian couldn't just let it go. Stop panering to the money, surely you don't need it. Or change the name, be "Brian, Roger & Guests", cover all those old Queen songs if you want but you aren't Queen.

Queen, the band, was always bigger than the sum of it's parts. None of their solo projects came close to what the four of them together could produce.
 
2014-03-08 12:13:43 PM
hippyneil:  panering pandering

ftfm
 
2014-03-08 12:17:48 PM

hippyneil: hippyneil:  panering pandering

ftfm


They do have good sammiches.
 
2014-03-08 12:26:24 PM

FirstNationalBastard: John Deacon has the right idea.



upload.wikimedia.org
 
2014-03-08 12:42:24 PM

FirstNationalBastard: John Deacon has the right idea.

Anyway, Queen died with Freddie Mercury. Brian May and Roger Taylor touring as themselves, with a host of lead singers? That's GREAT!

But touring as Queen? No. Just no.


Came to see if anyone would mention Deacon. Leaving debased.
 
2014-03-08 12:55:46 PM
They're playing not even 5 miles from my house and I think I might go (depending on what the tickets end up costing).

I have no illusions that this is Queen (who I sadly never got to see live), more like "Queen." And I'm oddly okay with that. Get enough diehard Queen fans in the audience singing along to every song and it'll be fun. Plus getting the chance to see Roger and Brian play and hopefully sing some of their songs is a chance that doesn't come around too often.
 
2014-03-08 12:59:42 PM

FlashHarry: A Screaming Man with Two-Toned Shoes: ReapTheChaos: As far as I'm concerned, a band is it's lead singer, you lose that and the band is done.

[i.usatoday.net image 490x360]

"Aye, 'et's a good one, laddie. . ."

other bands who got big or stayed big with non-original lead singers:

• fleetwood mac
• REO speedwagon
• deep purple
• van halen
• iron maiden


Genesis would chime in, but they are too busy swan diving into piles of money to come to the door.
 
2014-03-08 01:01:22 PM
If you can see Brian May play guitar, you should. Regardless of who is lead singing.
 
2014-03-08 01:28:46 PM

hippyneil: Queen have become nothing more than a Queen cover band. I'm saddened that Roger and Brian couldn't just let it go. Stop panering to the money, surely you don't need it. Or change the name, be "Brian, Roger & Guests", cover all those old Queen songs if you want but you aren't Queen.

Queen, the band, was always bigger than the sum of it's parts. None of their solo projects came close to what the four of them together could produce.


Example #1:
www.newlog.com.ar

/what should have been an epic battle between two 80s guitar heroes sounds like your cousin's garage band at the high school talent show
 
2014-03-08 01:51:01 PM
I think Freddie would have loved Adam Lambert.  Hell, I think he would have boned him like he owned him.
 
2014-03-08 02:03:47 PM
Lambert's biggest qualification is they can pay him nothing.
 
2014-03-08 03:03:29 PM
img.fark.net

i.ytimg.com
 
2014-03-08 03:30:56 PM

FlashHarry: A Screaming Man with Two-Toned Shoes: ReapTheChaos: As far as I'm concerned, a band is it's lead singer, you lose that and the band is done.

[i.usatoday.net image 490x360]

"Aye, 'et's a good one, laddie. . ."

other bands who got big or stayed big with non-original lead singers:

• fleetwood mac
• REO speedwagon
• deep purple
• van halen
• iron maiden


AC/DC
 
2014-03-08 03:40:29 PM
I like Adam and his music but I still think it should have been Marc.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Atjhp8d9jJg#t=03m20s
 
2014-03-08 03:55:05 PM

Kevin Lomax: If you can see Brian May play guitar, you should. Regardless of who is lead singing.


When they played the Hollywood Bowl (+Paul Rogers) they brought Slash onstage which was surprisingly awesome.
 
2014-03-08 04:07:19 PM

puckrock2000: hippyneil: Queen have become nothing more than a Queen cover band. I'm saddened that Roger and Brian couldn't just let it go. Stop panering to the money, surely you don't need it. Or change the name, be "Brian, Roger & Guests", cover all those old Queen songs if you want but you aren't Queen.

Queen, the band, was always bigger than the sum of it's parts. None of their solo projects came close to what the four of them together could produce.

Example #1:


/what should have been an epic battle between two 80s guitar heroes sounds like your cousin's garage band at the high school talent show


That video is pure goofy.
 
2014-03-08 04:09:30 PM

JolobinSmokin: Call it queenbert


Or....

upload.wikimedia.org

.... Q*bert!

Queen died with Freddie.  Let it go.
 
2014-03-08 05:34:31 PM
John Deacon yelling that it is not Queen without Freddy, and that is why he is not involved could also be harnessed for energy.
 
2014-03-08 05:53:12 PM

Thosw: Have seen Lambert in concert (wife adores him) and he wasn't bad.  The fabulous crowd and fat chicks in tiny hats (or fascinators) were in abundance.  She wants to get tickets to this.  I will respectfully decline if I can get away with it.

But Queen died with Mercury.  Had they found someone else and kept going, I might have bought it.  But Freddy's voice was other-worldy and, in my opinion, the soul of the music - no disrespect to Roger May's talent.


Is it wrong that I read that as  "fat chicks in party hats"?

Gonna go check if that site is still around.
 
2014-03-08 07:28:00 PM

macdaddy357: John Deacon yelling that it is not Queen without Freddy, and that is why he is not involved could also be harnessed for energy.


I always thought Deacon's issue was just the music business itself, he'd rather be anonymous and live life with his family in peace.

Queen's "Jazz" tour was the very first concert I ever saw. Might go see this if the price is right, Brian May is one of the best guitarists ever, and that alone is worth checking out.
 
2014-03-08 10:01:11 PM

Billy Liar: FlashHarry: A Screaming Man with Two-Toned Shoes: ReapTheChaos: As far as I'm concerned, a band is it's lead singer, you lose that and the band is done.

[i.usatoday.net image 490x360]

"Aye, 'et's a good one, laddie. . ."

other bands who got big or stayed big with non-original lead singers:

• fleetwood mac
• REO speedwagon
• deep purple
• van halen
• iron maiden

AC/DC


Hence the accompanying pic.

/Saw 'em while Bon Scott was still alive. There is no substitute.
 
2014-03-09 12:35:26 AM

phamwaa: Billy Liar: FlashHarry: A Screaming Man with Two-Toned Shoes: ReapTheChaos: As far as I'm concerned, a band is it's lead singer, you lose that and the band is done.

[i.usatoday.net image 490x360]

"Aye, 'et's a good one, laddie. . ."

other bands who got big or stayed big with non-original lead singers:

• fleetwood mac
• REO speedwagon
• deep purple
• van halen
• iron maiden

AC/DC

Hence the accompanying pic.

/Saw 'em while Bon Scott was still alive. There is no substitute.


Pink Floyd and Journey could be added to that list as well.
 
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